If you’ve been following the overwhelming outpouring of nurse bloggers and innovators out there, then you’ve probably gotten a dose of how powerful social media can be. Just a few short days ago, I heard about Amanda Trujillo’s story and decided to plant my feet firmly on the ground, my fingers firmly on my keyboard, and I took a stance. Drafting an open letter to the Arizona Board of Nursing on Amanda’s behalf just seemed like the least I could do for her.
She didn’t reach out to me, I’ve never met her in person, and yet, it’s as if I actually know her. The connection is unbreakable. She’s a nurse. I know what that means. I take a lot of pride in who I am, and everything I’ve done as a nurse. I’m sure you know where I’m coming from if you too are a nurse. We are on the front lines, we are the armor, and together we’re impenetrable.
In such a short time, several of us in the blogosphere have taken the same stance and banned together to form a very powerful movement, a platform in which to elevate our voices, and unite. #NurseUp
We were already out “here” doing what it is that we do to impact change. You know, the things that most of us bloggers, vloggers, Tweeters, writers, speakers and Facebook fans do. We build online communities. Amanda however brought our communities closer together. Our blogs, our Facebook pages, our Twitter feeds, our YouTube channels, united. These are our digital podiums that carry our voices a great distance. And, we’re not backing down.
Amanda’s story united us, but it’s the cause in which our stance is cemented. A patient’s right to choose. A nurse, or any clinician for that matter, should never have to fear persecution for advocating and protecting a patient’s bill of rights by simply ensuring that they are able to make an informed decision about their care. These are the healthcare professionals that are working with great integrity.
It seems that regardless of our education, level of expertise, and scope of practice, our ability to truly practice collaboratively is being challenged. According to the International Council of Nurses, they represent more than 13 million professional nurses worldwide. Today, I further pledge my devotion to reach as many of you out there as I can, but I know I won’t be alone on this journey. The momentum that is already building around this movement is absolute. Together we will empower you to come from out of the shadows by raising awareness, elevating our voices, and uniting as one.
I stand with you now, transformed into armor, protecting the front lines of this cause, impenetrable.
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